The Austin College theatre program will top off the fall season with an evening of theatre that will combine work in the directing class with a performance from the improvisation troupe. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 19, and Saturday, November 20, in Ida Green Theatre on the Austin College campus.
Junior Hilary Gregory-Allen of Sherman, Texas, will direct Springtime, a one-act play by Marie Irene Fornes. The play focuses on the relationship between Rainbow and Greta, a lesbian couple, and the problems they face when one of them becomes ill. Freshman Elizabeth Lincoln of Round Rock, Texas, will play Rainbow; sophomore Jessica Shanks of Cedar Park, Texas, will play Greta; and senior Nicholas Timmerman of Carrollton, Texas, will play the Man.
Directing a one-act play is a requirement for the directing class, which is an elective for theatre majors.
“Throughout the process, I learn more about ways to work with my cast and I’m looking forward to coordinating with the production crew during the week preceding the show,” Gregory-Allen said. “It’s been a very rewarding experience to work on this side of the production and I feel it gives me a lot of insight into theatre as a whole, and I hope to carry it with me into whatever roles, theatrical or otherwise, that I have the opportunity to play in the future.”
The unscripted portion of the show will be performed by the Improv Troupe of Austin College, coached by associate professor of communication studies Kirk Everist. The troupe produces “cutting-edge, Chicago-style long-form improvisation, exploring specific ideas through spontaneously generated, never-before-seen characters and situations created right in front of the audience,” Everist said.
Troupe members include Gregory-Allen; Shanks; senior Carrie Griffin of Leander, Texas; senior Nick Tanner of Sunnyvale, Texas; sophomore Harrison Wilkie of Dallas, Texas; sophomore Emma Merlo of Belton, Texas; freshman Alex Benningfield of Austin, Texas; sophomore Kaitlin Forsman of Conroe and San Antonio, Texas; senior Autumn Potts of Dallas, Texas; sophomore Edgar Long of Austin, Texas; freshman Dave Burford of Richardson, Texas; sophomore Melissa Lyttle of Austin, Texas; sophomore Matt Ervin of Austin, Texas; and sophomore Harris Tooley of Sherman, Texas.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.